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Make room for Indie Spirit Awards, Oscar's maverick cousin

Make room for Indie Spirit Awards, Oscar's maverick cousin

The Spirit Awards. The Independent Spirit Awards. The Indie Spirits. It's an awards show so casual-cool that organizers don't even much mind what you call it. The Film Independent Spirit Awards, as they are officially known to recognize the Los Angeles-based nonprofit arts organization Film Independent, celebrate their 30th anniversary this year. Taking place in a tent next to the beach in Santa Monica on a Saturday afternoon, the Spirit Awards may recognize some of the same talent as the Oscars, but it is with a purposeful air of relaxed irreverence in contrast to the enforced solemnity of the ceremony on Sunday. Even before the online viral era, unconventional acceptance...

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